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Leeds presentation will explore state's 2012 economic outlook

The University of Colorado Boulder Leeds School of Business will present its annual Colorado Business Economic Outlook Forum at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1750 Welton St., Denver.The event is free and open to the public but reservations are required for those planning to attend. To make reservations visit - cbeo.After the forecast, John A. Hayes, president and CEO of Ball Corp., will deliver the keynote address on ways to ignite economic growth in Colorado. His address will be followed by three concurrent breakout sessions on real estate, international trade and small business.The comprehensive state economic outlook for 2012, compiled by the Leeds School's Business Research Division, features forecasts and trends for 11 business sectors prepared by more than 80 key business, government and industry professionals.Economic snapshots from specific counties and regions around the state, as well as updates on international trade, population, labor force, personal income growth and a general outlook on the national economy are included in the outlook. A question-and-answer session will follow the outlook presentation.


U.S. Dept. of Transporation approves $280M FastTracks loan

30-Mile Project Creates Roughly 4,700 Construction-Related Jobs and Reduces Travel Times


NASA selects Ball Aerospace to study new solar spacecraft

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is one of five companies that will develop mission concepts for demonstrating solar electric propulsion in space, important for NASA's future deep space human exploration missions. The five companies were each awarded study contracts up to $600K.


Governor, Mayor to promote CO in econ. development trip

Gov. John Hickenlooper, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock and the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation will lead an economic development trip to California on Thursday and Friday (Dec. 1-2) to help grow and retain Colorado businesses.


Gov. Hickenlooper announces Colorado Innovation Network

Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Nov. 28, 2011, the Colorado Innovation Network to promote collaboration among Colorado's private, public and academic organizations. The Colorado Innovation Network (COIN) will stimulate economic growth, help create jobs and attract new businesses by supporting innovative business activities and establishing Colorado as the best state for business.


NASA's Mars Science Lab. protected by Lockheed aeroshell

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft launched on November 26, 2011 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. at 10:02 a.m. ET aboard an Atlas V-541 rocket provided by United Launch Alliance. The mission's large Curiosity rover is encapsulated and protected in an aeroshell that was designed and built by Lockheed Martin [LMT: NYSE].


ULA Atlas V successfully launches mission to Mars

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the Mars Science Lab (MSL) for NASA lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., at 10:02 a.m. EST Nov.26, 2011. This is ULA's 11th launch of the year and marked the 56th successful launch for the company in 60 months.


United Launch Alliance to launch NASA’s Mars Science Lab

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket is set to launch NASA’s Mars Science Lab (MSL) mission with the Curiosity rover on Saturday, November 26. This mission will be launched aboard an Atlas V 541 configuration vehicle, which includes a 5-meter diameter RUAG Space payload fairing along with four Aerojet solid rocket motors attached to the Atlas booster. The Atlas booster for this mission will be powered by the RD AMROSS RD-180 engine and the Centaur upper stage will be powered by a single Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne RL10A engine."ULA is proud to be a part of this very special mission for NASA,” said Jim Sponnick, ULA vice president, Mission Operations. “MSL is the last of five critical missions ULA is scheduled to launch for NASA this year and the entire team is extremely focused on mission success for the launch of this mission.”Once liftoff has occurred, solid rocket motor jettison will take place at nearly two minutes into flight, followed by the jettison of the payload fairing at almost three and a half minutes. Separation of the first stage will occur at 4 minutes and 27 seconds into the flight, followed by two upper stage engine burns separated by an approximately 21-minute coast phase. Approximately 44 minutes into flight, spacecraft separation from the Centaur upper stage will occur, sending Curiosity on its 9-month journey to the red planet. The coast phase durations and spacecraft separation times can vary by as much as 5-10 minutes from these nominal times, depending on the time and date of the launch. After landing on Mars in August 2012, MSL’s prime mission will last one Martian year (nearly two Earth years). Researchers will use the rover’s tools to study whether the landing region has environmental conditions favorable for supporting microbial life. ULA program management, engineering, test, and mission support functions are headquartered in Denver, Colo.  Manufacturing, assembly and integration operations are located at Decatur, Ala., and Harlingen, Texas. Launch operations are located at Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla., and Vandenberg AFB, Calif.For more information on ULA, visit the ULA Web site at, or call the ULA Launch Hotline at 1-877-ULA-4321 (852-4321).


Denver region awarded $4.5 million in federal planning funds

The Denver metro area has been awarded $4.5 million to support regional planning projects, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Region VIII Administrator Rick Garcia announced today.  Joining Garcia at the announcement event were Governor John Hickenlooper, Congressman Ed Perlmutter, Congresswoman Diana DeGette, Senator Michael Bennet and a large group of local elected officials. The funds were awarded through the Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant program, a partnership between HUD, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to support metropolitan and multijurisdictional planning efforts to integrate housing, land use, and economic and workforce development.  The Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) took the lead in coordinating the grant application, on behalf of a consortium of 86 public, private and not-for-profit partners that collectively pledged more than $8 million in matching resources.


Two CU-Boulder professors named 2011-12 Fulbright Scholars

Two University of Colorado Boulder professors are conducting research in Finland and the United Kingdom as Fulbright Scholars for the 2011-12 academic year.